AD012 - Associate Degree in Applied Science

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Plan: AD012 - Associate Degree in Applied Science
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Applied Science
Award abbreviation: AssocDegAppSc
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters) Full Time 4 Years (8 semesters) Part Time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019999
CRICOS code: 071869C

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Purpose of the Program

The main objective of the Program is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your employability in the Biotechnology & Biomedical industries which are undergoing rapid technological advancements worldwide. On completion of the Program, you will be qualified for employment at a technical or paraprofessional level in a range of public and private organisations.

It will also provide you with an alternative and practical pathway into a range of undergraduate degree programs with advanced standing. This is in response to the Federal Government's initiative to increase the proportion of the Australian adult population with undergraduate degrees by providing improved access and also provides an alternative pathway for International students from Foundation Studies programs.

In the final year, you will undertake a capstone experience in the course ONPS2432 Professional Practice in Applied Science in which you will particiapte in workshops that will prepare you for your 10-20 days work placement in a relevant organisation. RMIT will organise this work placement for you.This will enable you to apply the broad range of technical and employability skills that you have acquired during the course of your studies in an actual workplace.

The program is delivered on campus at the RMIT City campus. It requires full time attendance and is delivered in face-to-face mode, supported by a number of blended learning activities.  


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Articulation and pathways

Students who satisfactorily complete  Associate Degree in Applied Science AD012 with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 have  guaranteed entry to the following degrees:

  • BP231P10, Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • BP147P12A, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
  • BP226P7, Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
  • BP229, Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)
  • BP311, Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • BH102, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

For more information on these pathways and the credits that will be granted, refer to the destination program guides.

2017 graduates of the RMIT AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Food Science, who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0, will continue to have guaranteed entry to BP199P7 Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition) 

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 —  a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English; and a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any); and a study score of at least 20 in either Biology or Chemistry

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5; or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


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External accreditation and industry links

Whilst there are no external accreditations for this Program, RMIT has extensive links with industry throught its Industry Advisory Committees. These include the Laboratory Medicine Program Advisory Committee and the Biosciences Program Advisory Committee. There are representatives from organisations such as Austin Health, Monash Health, CSL Behring, Melbourne IVF & Victorian Cancer Biobank

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content:

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning

  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant

  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning

  • career development and employment

  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)

  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad

  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

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There are also specific subject guides available on the library website that will point you to a variety of resources available in the Library and those available online, including databases, e-journals, e-books and websites. Guides that you may find useful include Biomedical Science, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences,Human Anatomy & Physiology and Laboratory Medicine

Computer laboratories with printing facilities are available in the School for students to use at any time that classes are not scheduled. Access to these is available through the School Office in Building 51, Level 6 during normal office hours.

There are a number of specialised simulated workplace laboratories that you will be trained to work in. These include

Chemistry Laboratory which has, in addition to routine equipment, specialised chromatography and spectrophotometry equipment as used in Biotechnology applications. There is also a new Touch Screen Analyser to perform "Point of Care" blood testing, the latest development in clinical diagnostic testing and an Autoanalyser that can perform a wide range of biochemical tests. 

PC2 Containment Laboratory thatis used for all of your microbiology, tissue culture and moloecular biology laboratory work. It is equipped with two Biosafety cabinets, equipment for the isolation, purification and manipulation of DNA in addition to routine microbiology equipment. There is also a new digital fluorescence imaging system for examination of a wide range of cells and tissues.

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